Locals dig in for Prader-Willi Research

Published 12:09 am Saturday, September 5, 2015

BOUTTE — On Aug. 22, the Hahnville Volleyball Program hosted its inaugural “Dig it for Kylar” Volley for the Cure Alumni Tournament to raise awareness and funds for the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research.

Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a complex genetic disorder that occurs in one out of every 15,000-18,000 births and is random.

PWS impacts appetite, metabolism, growth, cognitive function and behavior. It is characterized by low muscle tone, short stature, cognitive disabilities and the hallmark characteristic — involuntary and uncontrollable chronic feelings of hunger and a slow metabolism that can lead to excessive eating, life-threatening obesity, and even eating until one’s stomach ruptures and then death.

Twenty-four HHS volleyball alumni players participated in the tournament, while many other alumni members and community members were in attendance to support the cause.

Funds will be donated to the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research in Kylar Theriot’s name. Kylar is the daughter of HHS graduate and volleyball alum Kelly Robbins.